Supreme Court Justice Marianlo del Castillo mentioned instructed Albay First District Representative Edcel Lagman that the state of affairs in Marawi City can be thought-about as act of revolt throughout the first day of oral arguments on three petitions to nullify the declaration of Martial legislation.
According to Lagman who represented the opposition lawmakers mentioned that ‘“Acts of terrorism are not necessarily equivalent to actual rebellion and the consequent requirement of securing public safety,”
Lagman mentioned that President Rodrigo Duterte, “must be factually correct” and “may no be arbitrary or capricious in appreciation of the facts.”
He slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s report back to congress, which Lagman labeled as filled with lies and falsities.
He careworn that President Rodrigo Duterte didn’t consulted the protection secretary or the generals earlier than declaring martial legislation.
“It stands to reason that when the President exercises a very serious, extraordinary power, he must be supported by the necessary coordination, recommendation, and consultation from the ranking officials of the defense and military sectors,” Lagman mentioned.
He additionally mentioned that the video of Isnilon Hapilon planning to takeover of Marawi City that satisfied the senators to help the martial legislation declaration was recovered two days after martial legislation was declared so it’s not the foundation of President Duterte to declare martial legislation.
But Supreme Court Justice Mariano del Castillo quizzed Lagman about his arguments about the martial legislation declaration.
Justice del Castillo requested Lagman if the lawmaker already visited Marawi City since the disaster erupted to which Lagman answered no.
del Castillo mentioned that petitioners cannot say martial legislation in Mindanao in the event that they didn’t personally visited Marawi City and skilled the actual state of affairs in the place
“So it would be too difficult to say that the situation there does not amount to rebellion. You’ve not been there, you’re not on the ground, you don’t know the situation there. How can you dispute now the findings of sufficiency of factual bases for the declaration?” del Castillo mentioned.
The SC Justice mentioned that many troopers already died and other people already evacuated of their houses due to the struggle in Marawi City and he requested Lagman why he’s so fearful about the martial legislation in Mindanao.
“The military casualty count as of last Sunday is already 58 soldiers, Congressman, dead soldiers of ours. And there are 25,000 evacuees now in Iligan City. So for you the situation is still not that serious for Martial Law to … I mean, Martial Law will only be with us for 60 days, assuming that he [Duterte] won’t lift the proclamation earlier. With all the safeguards, I don’t know why you are so worried.” del Castillo instructed Lagman.
del Castillo additionally mentioned that Maute Terrorist Group who pledged their allegiance with the Islamic State raised their flags throughout metropolis, an indication that the armed group wished to take away the energy of the authorities over Marawi City.
They’re exactly placing up their flag there to supplant the authority of the native authorities of their very own, in impact they’re making an attempt to take away the allegiance of Marawi City from the authorities,” del Castillo mentioned.
But Lagman mentioned that the elevating of an ISIS flag is the Maute Terrorist Group ‘cheap propaganda’
The lawmaker additionally believed that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) can finish the Marawi City disaster with out the imposing of martial legislation in Mindanao.